NFL Draft 2011: How the First Two Days Influence the Future of Kevin Kolb
As much as I enjoyed watching teams reach for quarterbacks in the first round and cause highly ranked players to fall back towards the Eagles' pick, the speed in which quarterbacks came off the board did worry me slightly.
It could be argued that the current imposed lockout has harmed the Eagles more than any other team in the NFL.
I'm almost certain they covet one of the cornerbacks available in free agency but were unable to enter the draft knowing if they had their man and had to draft Curtis Marsh almost as a fallback guy. More importantly having the draft before free agency has eliminated many of Kolb's potential suitors from the race for his services.
Teams have been given no choice but to acquire their future quarterback from the draft, rather than risk failing in a bid for an established talent.
Teams that Drafted a Quarterback in the First Three Rounds
- Panthers - Cam Newton
- Titans - Jake Locker
- Jaguars - Blaine Gabbert
- Vikings - Christian Ponder
- Bengals - Andy Dalton
- 49ers - Colin Kaepernick
- Patriots - Ryan Mallett
Obviously teams like the Patriots were never in the running for Kevin Kolb and we should perhaps thanks them for taking Mallett before another team eliminated themselves from the race.
The Arizona Cardinals look intent on addressing the quarterback position with a more experienced player having been stung by their last attempt to draft a QB early in the draft. However, had they been on the clock in the fourth round with Mallett still on the board they may have considered it too valuable to pass on.
Where will Kolb end up next season?
Teams Still in the Running
- Arizona Cardinals
- Oakland Raiders
- Washington Redskins
- Buffalo Bills
The fact that potential suitors such as the Vikings and 49ers have taken themselves out of the race may have significantly impacted on the value that Eagles could have gotten for Kolb had they have been able to trade him prior to the draft.
It doesn't stop there either. The Arizona Cardinals are rumored to have "an understanding" with free agent Marc Bulger. I'm uncertain, after the failure of Donovan McNabb in Washington, whether the Redskins take another Eagles quarterback for the second year running and the Bills could be happy with what they have.
Personally I felt that the Cardinals, Vikings and 49ers were the teams most likely to make a play for Kevin Kolb's services. If my instincts are correct and Arizona are the only team harboring any real ambition to sign Kolb, they may be able acquire him for a knock down price.
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